THE PASSIONATE BAKER HANDICAP Tips (Race 1)
Bunbury Next Best Bet - Race 1 No. 4 Nobel Laurence
It's a rather strong three-year-old contest to open the December 2 meeting from Bunbury and whilst respecting the cerise and white favourite who is coming out a high rating Maiden, I do query whether there was a set back with Sentimental Hero (Eight weeks between runs and only fair in November 16 trial) as he did look firmly on a Guineas path.
Whilst he still is a work in progress (was racing one rein for much of his debut in a strong race), Nobel Laurence improved enough with the race experience to make light work of his opposition on November 12 and the runner-up Standout Rose franked the form by winning her next outing.
It looks a great dual on paper but I do think in time that this gelding could be a stakes class galloper (Smashing's performance in the WA Guineas supports this) and for now, I don't see a reason to jump off.
JCW ELECTRICAL HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Bunbury Best Bet - Race 6 No. 8 Leica Jaguar
Nevile and Chris Parnham combine in the fifth with Leica Jaguar who does look to find a nice set-up second-up following a good return performance and he is a galloper with more ability than his record to date suggests.
Parnham was aboard All Day Session and dictated the race perfectly from the front at Ascot on November 11, a galloper who was well down in grade on that occasion after running behind Chantorque and Charleton Eddie, who have again filled the quinella via the Listed Placid Ark Stakes and this gelding did chase well as runner-up to All Day Session fresh.
There does look to be more speed engaged here where the extra 100m suits this four-year-old and camping just off them from a soft gate, he can strike late with Parnham also having a cutaway in the home straight at his disposal.
AMELIA PARK HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Bunbury Value Bet - Race 8 No. 7 Lickety Split
Although he admittedly has more than two and a half lengths to make up on the Diablerie from their November 15 clash, the step straight to 1400m could be a query for the favourite who is yet to salute in 12 attempts over this distance and has to overcome barrier 12.
That return performance from Lickety Split was quite honest despite not having the turn-of-foot to trouble the winner over that sprint journey and from six second-up outings so far, he's recorded a win and three seconds whilst he is a three-time winner over seven furlongs.
From barrier five under jockey Chris Nichol, the son of Magnus can settle forward of midfield and with any improvement off that return effort, he's in the each-way mix in a competitive affair to finish the Bunbury program.